GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America.
Each year about 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, thousands of these heart attack victims survive, and return to living a happy, normal life.
What is a Heart Attack?
Oxygen is needed for your heart muscle to survive. If there is a buildup of plaque, it may cause the arteries to harden, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. This causes the blood flow to be reduced or even cut off, causing a heart attack.
Heart attacks usually start slowly. There are several warning signs that might prompt recognition of a heart attack. Someone might be having a heart attack and not even know it is happening. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions claim that many people notice warning signs but ignore them. That’s why it is so important to be aware of these symptoms.
- Chest discomfort or pain. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or stabbing pain
- Pain in neck, back, shoulder, arm or jaw.
- Pounding heart, or change in the rhythm.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or heartburn.
- Cold sweats or clammy skin.